Building Healthy Leaders & Teams

Learning to manage growth and problems in a congregation relieves stress, allowing for a greater harvest.

Myron Pierce struggled to become the biggest drug dealer in North Omaha, Nebraska. Both his parents were deep into drugs, but his grandmother was a strong spiritual influence. An influence he would need upon finding himself in prison for a very long time. In prison, he surrendered his life to the Lord. That day he …

Prevailing Through a Pandendemic: An interview with Myron Pierce Read More »

This week’s blog is a stump for my podcast interview with Jim Graff. Jim is a new friend. A former missionary, he set out to lead a large church that could support missions in a big way–however, God had a detour in mind. After his stint as a missionary, Jim led a small congregation, in …

Leading Significant Churches in Smaller Places Read More »

Recently came across a scripture that I’ve somehow managed to overlook for decades. It got me thinking about the personal benefits of heromaking. Think of it as a selfish sort of kindness (selfish in a good way). “A man who is kind benefits himself, but a cruel man hurts himself.” Proverbs 11:17 ESV What you …

A Selfish Sort of Kindness Read More »

I’ve decided to produce a podcast. I find myself coaching a lot of younger men and women who are deeply committed to ministry. As I do, it seems that many share the same set of ministry challenges. This is true of church planters, but also of everyone facing a culture that is increasingly immune to …

Here Comes Another Podcast… Read More »

“A mistake is not something to be determined after the fact, but in the light of the information until that point.” The above quote if from Fooled by Randomness by Nassim Taleb. He’s the guy who first came up with the black swan concept—everyone in Europe knew that there were no black swans until somebody …

Was it Really a Mistake? Read More »

I’ve always been intrigued by the “house to house” element in the church immediately after Pentecost. My question, “How could the ‘apostles teaching’ have been paramount when there were only a dozen apostles available to 300+ home meetings?” In churches I pastored we approached this with strong Bible-centric teaching on the weekend followed by highly …

Consumers as Content Providers… in Your Church Read More »

Had an interesting email exchange about integrity in ministry. This is one of the most integrous people I’ve known—yet he’s concerned about “phoniness” in his own life and in churches he’s experienced. Good to stay concerned as it’s one of our best course correctors, keeping us on the right path. My friend focused on his …

Integrity and Relationships vs Event-Sponsoring Read More »